Scientists believe prawns could soon be a key ingredient in shampoos and washing powders.Read the full story ›
The UK's leading marine charity says growing numbers of jellyfish could spell trouble for the condition of our seas.Read the full story ›
Cardiff University has been awarded one of 14 research grants to develop 'green infrastructure' in urban areas around the world.
Urban forestry is one example in which woodland is planted in cities to manage storm water and reduce city temperatures.
Another example is ‘green roofing’, whereby roofs are partially or completely covered in vegetation to absorb rainwater, increase insulation and, again, reduce the temperature in cities to combat the so called ‘heat island effect’.
By taking advantage of the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, we hope to provide substantial economic, social and environmental gains not only for the US and Europe, but also developing countries around the world. To do this, we will need to develop approaches that are sensitive to local culture, knowledge and expertise
Keith Jones from Tonypandy took this photograph of a meteor which is part of the Perseids meteor shower.
The shower peaked last night but will be visible for a few more nights.
If you have any more photographs of the Perseids we'd love to see them.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via Twitter or Facebook.
Researchers at Glyndwr University say using extract of prawn shell could pave the way for more environmentally friendly beauty products.Read the full story ›
A fossil forest in Brymbo, near Wrexham, which pre-dates dinosaurs, has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural Resources Wales.
The site covers an area nearly half the size of a football pitch and contains a variety of 300 million year old fossilised plants and trees.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says it is a world class site for plant fossils.
They are the remains of plants which grew in hot, humid conditions near the equator - and include 20 fossilised giant clubmosses that look like massive tree stumps.
The fossils were first revealed in 2004 on the former iron and steel works site in Brymbo. Much of the fossil forest remains buried for its own protection.
NRW says plans are underway, led by Brymbo Heritage Group, to establish an excavation and visitor centre on the site that will ensure the right conditions to study and display the fragile fossils.
The SSSI designation will help safeguard the fossil forest into the future as a superb scientific and educational resource.
Fossils have a wide appeal and this site, developed with the right expertise and care, has the potential to be a popular tourist attraction, contributing to the local economy of this area.
There is an extraordinary story of tell at this site, linking the geological history with Brymbo’s industrial heritage.
Our aim is to secure funding in time to open the excavation and visitor centre in the summer of 2018
In the meantime, Brymbo Heritage Group organises guided tours, open days and community digs for people to see the fossil forest and industrial heritage.
Some of the best and rarest fossils have been removed and are being conserved in the National Museum of Wales. They will be returned to Brymbo for public display, once a suitable building is ready.
It is illegal to remove fossils or damage a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The money will go towards a 'centre of excellence' in Cardiff.
£4.5m of EU funds has been announced to help Cardiff University develop a leading centre of excellence for brain research.
The new CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) building will enable researchers to test new ideas and theories.
It could lead to a better understanding of the causes of a range of health conditions, including dementia, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.
The EU funds through the Welsh Government will support the construction works of the new £44m state-of-the-art facility based at Maindy Park.
This is another excellent example of how EU funds are supporting growth in the Welsh economy, helping our academic institutions to attract further competitive and private research investments and position Wales as a global leader in ground-breaking research and innovation.
The Welsh Government says the expansion of CUBRIC is expected to generate up to £22m in additional research investments over the coming years, enabling further collaboration to combat diseases that affect the brain.
CUBRIC’s pairing of world-leading technology with an extremely talented set of researchers will help to understand differences in normal brain function and the causes of conditions such as dementia, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis. Ultimately, this information will lead to the development of better treatments.
Experts from Cardiff University have designed and built the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house.Read the full story ›
Astronaut Steve Swanson has been working with schoolchildren from across South Wales, as part of a special space science project.Read the full story ›
A meeting in Llandudno has heard that five 'monster' black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.
The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" black holes in the universe than were previously thought.
Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic "drains" sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.
High energy X-rays emitted from around the newly identified black holes revealed their presence at the centre of five galaxies.
They were detected by the American space agency Nasa's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) orbiting observatory which was launched in 2012.
The space telescope is designed to pick up extremely high energy X-rays from distant objects.
The scientists presented their findings at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting, in Llandudno.
For a long time we have known about supermassive black holes that are not obscured by dust and gas, but we suspected that many more were hidden from our view.
Thanks to NuSTAR for the first time we have been able to clearly see these hidden monsters that are predicted to be there, but have previously been elusive because of their 'buried' state.
Although we have only detected five of these hidden supermassive black holes, when we extrapolate our results across the whole universe then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see.